Claude McKay: A Black Poet's Struggle for Identity

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Notes

1. In Search of Larger Worlds
1. Max Eastman, ed., Selected Poems of Claude McKay, 7. McKay won the Mulgrave Silver Medal for Jamaican literature for Songs of Jamaica.
2. For a discussion of the impact of culture on writers, see Horace R. Cayton , "Ideological Forces in the Work of Negro Writers", in Herbert Hill , ed., Anger and Beyond: The Negro Writer in the United States, 37.
3. "My Green Hills of Jamaica", 10, 15; "Boyhood in Jamaica", 135.
4. "To Clarendon Hills and H. A. H.", stanza 1, in Songs of Jamaica, 106; reprinted in The Dialect Poetry of Claude McKay, vol. 2.
5. "Sukee", stanzas 4, 5, in Constabulary Ballads; reprinted in The Dialect Poetry of Claude McKay, 2:78-79.
6. Given the importance of the actual shades of color among Jamaicans, it should be noted that the word black refers literally to actual color and not to a racial generalization.
7. "A Negro Poet", 275-76. Translator's note in Claude McKay, The Negroes in America, xv; "Boyhood in Jamaica", 10, 15; Wayne Cooper, Claude McKay: Rebel Sojourner in the Harlem Renaissance, 10-11.
8. "My Green Hills", 10, 15.
9. "Boyhood in Jamaica", 141. Some individuals, including Max Eastman, asserted that McKay was a "full-blooded African." The idea is more romantic than accurate.
10. "My Mountain Home", stanzas 1-3, Constabulary Ballads, 124.
11. Ibid., stanzas 10 and 11.
12. "Boyhood in Jamaica", 141.
13. "A Negro Poet", 275-76.
14. "Boyhood in Jamaica", 137.
15. Negroes in America, xv.
16. "Boyhood in Jamaica", 140.
17. "My Mountain Home", stanza 6, Constabulary Ballads, 125.
18. Negroes in America, xv; Wayne Cooper, ed., The Passion of Claude McKay: Selected Poetry and Prose, 1912- 1948, 3.
19. Preface to Constabulary Ballads, 1.
20. To Inspector W. E. Clark, stanzas 1, and 2, Constabulary Ballads, 104.
21. "Bennie's Departure", stanza 2, Constabulary Ballads, 15.
22. Ibid., stanza 6, p. 63.
23. Ibid.,stanza 18, p. 22. Also see, "Consolation", Constabulary Ballads, p. 62.]
24. "The Heart of a Constab", Constabulary Ballads, 62.
25. Ibid., 63.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1 - In Search of Larger Worlds 3
  • 2 - In Search of Moorings 21
  • 3 - The Problems of a Black Radical: 1919-1923 38
  • 4 - "How Shall the Negro Be Portrayed?" and Home to Harlem 76
  • 5 - Banjo: Art and Self-Catharsis 107
  • 6 - Back to Harlem 126
  • 7 - I Have Come to Lead the Renaissance 148
  • 8 - A Long Way from Home 165
  • Notes 185
  • Bibliography 219
  • Index 231
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